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Nov 21, 2011 6:25 PM by Matt Stafford

3 dozen rabbits found; Humane Society apologizes for slow response

Local animal groups are trying to find homes for more than three dozen rabbits, which were likely dumped Sunday night off of Mark Dabling Boulevard - just south of Woodmen Road.

People in the area started picked up rabbits they found around 10 p.m. Witnesses say there may have been up to 70 rabbits loose; only about three dozen were caught.

Animal Welfare Officers from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region spent all morning Monday combing through the area, looking for more of the rabbits. They didn't find any.

The Humane Society has taken some flack for not responding Sunday night when they were called about the rabbits. On Monday, they're saying that was a mistake.

"We can't go back in time and correct that mistake but certainly what we're going to do going forward is look at policies and procedures, and why we didn't respond, and the circumstances to make sure it doesn't occur again in the future as well as conduct our normal criminal investigative process," says Joe Stafford, Chief Animal Welfare Officer for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

Stafford says someone could face a cruelty to animals charge for dumping the rabbits. The Humane Society is offering a $500 reward for information leading to anyone responsible.

The rabbits are being taken care of by Dreampower Animal Rescue - a local non-profit - with help from the Humane Society and private citizens. For more on Dreampower Animal Rescue, click here.

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